Don't send me blog posts
This qualify as fintech in China?
North America bounces back
We look at mega-rounds to VC-backed fintech companies from Q1'15 to Q1'16. In the first quarter of 2016, funding to VC-backed fintech startups bounced back to hit $4.9B after a notable drop in Q4’15 in part due to a rebound in $50M+ deals in North America.
Growth hack Thursday
I get a lot of emails from folks asking to feature their blog posts. They go like this.
"Hey, I wrote this post on ____. You should feature it in the blurb section."
I rarely read these posts for lack of time, but I'm gonna let you in on a secret.
If you want to get into the newsletter blurb, here is the easiest way.
Yes — just link to us and flatter us. And make sure it's good.
- Write good stuff
- Use our data in your post
Simple, eh? That concludes growth hack Thursday.
Unbundling the hotel
We updated our infographic to highlight 62 startups threatening to peel away different niches and services currently occupied by the traditional hotel industry. Categories include hotel booking, concierge services, alternative lodging, and more.
Our data in the wild
In The Blurb section below, you'll see a great post from Mark Linao of Technicolor Ventures who uses CB Insights Trends to dig into augmented vs virtual reality. Check it out.
Another great post featured in The Blurb by Startup Hackers talks about Toronto's startup potential and uses Industry Analytics and Custom Charts to dig into geographic financing and exit trends across numerous geographies including Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa among others.
Silver lining for e-commerce
Global e-commerce deal activity is headed for a decline globally in 2016, and dollar funding is on pace for its worst year since 2012. We look at global e-commerce financing trends and see that despite the decline, Indian e-commerce companies may see a record deal high this year.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Bloomberg. Tim Culpan (@tculpan) and David Fickling (@davidfickling) quote CB Insights CEO and co-founder Anand Sanwal (@asanwal) on where Uber and Didi will spend their billions.
MarketWatch. Experts weigh in with Caitlin Huston (@hustonca) on why Apple doesn’t have a venture arm. She cites CB Insights data on the most-active CVCs and their investment trends.
San Francisco Chronicle. This profile of RocketSpace’s new venture by Amanda Gold (@amandagold) cites CB Insights data on funding trends to food tech companies.
Have a great rest of the week.
I love you.
P.S. We have a couple of spots left at our CVC trends briefing in San Francisco on June 23rd. Request an invite here.